Ag Innovation Campus Hits Big Milestone in Construction Process

Ag Innovation Campus Hits Big Milestone in Construction Process

July 7, 2022 Farm News News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0
Concrete walls being installed at Ag Innovation Campus in June. Photo from Red River Farm Network

Crookston, MN — The Ag Innovation Campus in Crookston is finally starting to take shape.  Just shy of a year after dirt work officially began, the soybean crushing facility took a big step in the construction process this week with the walls of the main crushing facility now in place. Mike Skaug, Ag Innovation Campus Board Chair, joined us on the KRJB Farm and Field program on Wednesday and provided an update on the construction.

The next steps for the construction will be to pour the foundations for the grain handling equipment, followed by outfitting the building with plumbing and electrical. Skaug says there have been some challenges in securing equipment and other goods, but everything looks to be in place to get the building operational by next spring.

Once complete, the Ag Innovation Campus will crush an estimated 2.5 million bushels of soybeans a year from area producers within a 45-mile radius of the facility in Crookston.

The second phase of the project will include an office and the third phase will be a soybean research facility complete with a visitor viewing area.  The overall cost of the facility is estimated at around $12 million.

Hear the full interview with Board Chair Mike Skaug from the Farm and Field Show below: